Incase you haven’t heard yet, Ghastly has a track coming out on Mad Decent later this month. Ahead of the upcoming release, the LA-based producer just dropped “Lil Trick.” Though the track is a new upload, it was a song that Ghastly made a year ago. “Lil Trick” shows off Ghastly’s forward-thinking production and style and is a bass house banger you don’t want to miss. Download it for free here: https://iamghastly.toneden.io/spotlight/liltrick
New Jersey born and bred rapper Dougie F just dropped a new mixtape that we’re pretty stoked about. The 14-track project titled “Block Party” brings it back to his roots and back to the streets of the projects. Check out the premiere on THE FADER.
“The projects was rough for anyone but Friday’s made it all worth the struggle it seems. Friday’s always felt like a block party. That’s when everyone was outside not looking past the day because it was a feeling we wanted to last forever. It was an escape for the adults they wild out, gambled, made sells, fought, got drunk and high. As a kid it was more so about staying out late, not having school in the AM, seeing all the wild shit that goes on in the hood, being mischief, chasing girls and just doing kid shit. As we got older we began to worry about clothes, music, and money. Maturing off the block with that same friday mentality embed in us we carried that to wherever we went. From the block to the world, that’s how I see my life and my music. Something coming from somewhere so small to it giving off that relatable impact to places we haven’t even been yet.”
Australian producer Danny Chien aka Wax Motif boasts a unique production style and fresh mixing skills that have kept this rising artist in high demand. His Mad Decent debut comes to us in the form of “Krush Groove,” the first single off of this brand new 5-track EP True Joy! True Joy highlights Wax Motif’s perfected g-house sound (a movement he’s on the forefront of). His original music and remixes have gained support from the likes of Tommy Trash, GTA, A-Trak, Oliver Heldens, Jauz, Diplo and more. Waxy has also worked with big-named artists such as Ty Dolla Sign, YG, Problem, Young Thug, and Warren G (to name a few).
Pre-order now and to get your instant download of “Krush Groove”!
Champeta, a product of Colombia’s northern coast, is a music genre, a dance and also a subculture that somehow remains unfamiliar to most North American and European audiophiles. Mixing dembow, ragga, African folk styles and tropical grooves, it’s a rich blend that appeals to “world” music lovers and global bassheads alike.
Two of the most important Caribbean ports in the South American continent, Cartagena and Barranquilla, started shaping the Champeta in early 80’s. Champeta spread throughout the musical ghettos and popular neighborhoods, becoming a trademark for a Colombia’s soundsystem culture. At the same time, Champeta was being stigmatized for its socio-economic symbolism, representing the conflict between the working Afro-Colombian class and Colombia’s Euro-descended upper class.
The international acceptance of Puerto Rico’s La Plena, also considered pre-Reggaeton, made it easier for Champeta to grab mainstream attention. Champeta surprisingly revived without any social prejudices in compilations like Palenque Palenque, which was named after first free town in the Americas as well as the record label that first brought Champeta to prominence.
Newer generation of Champeta artists fuse popular electronic music sounds with Champeta’s entrancing repetitive percussion and drum rhythms. Sounds from Dutch Moombahton now power the rhythms of Champeta and vivid tropical producers like Uproot Andy, Chief Boima, Daniel Haaskman insert rampant, high-powered, Champeta sounds into their sets to reinvigorate cheesy riffs.
Even our very own Major Lazer has dropped a Champeta-inspired remix of “Aerosol Can” by El Freaky:
Bomba Estereo undoubtedly creates the most interesting take on Champeta; their electro style takes African-Colombian rhythms and creates a unique, rhythmic yet minimal track:
We’ll leave you with an EP, Yippi Yappa, produced by some of the best Latino producers, Beat Funk and Caballo. Top remixes feature sounds from Bleepolar Vs Faraon Bantu’s amazing exploration of Champeta roots to Champethon creator, Tombs, as well as Dominican prodigy Mediopicky’s Bass approach.
The remixes also feature an original and dark take from Tribilin Sound, Miami’s E-Champeta originator Kinky Electric Noise and a super tropical remix from Sr Chancho.
Check out Diplo’s new mix exclusively for Apple Music, featuring all your Mad Decent favorites. From Zeds Dead to Hi-Lo to Party Favor, the 23 track mix is packed out with hits from the Mad Decent family.
Styles&Complete have teamed up with Kstylis for a booming trap anthem titled “Ready.” The song is full of bass, big synths and heavy drums – you don’t want to miss putting this track on your Summer 2015 playlist.
Get ready for an 80’s dancehall/roots revival with this killer release from Queens, NY’s new Rock Steady dons, The Frightnrs. This four-piece ensemble have taken the cooled out vintage vibes of Jamaican Rock Steady, combined it with the raw energy and vocal stylings of 80’s Rub A Dub and added a touch of punk rock spirit to create an entirely unique sound that redefines what a reggae band can sound like. The Frightnrs recently broke through with a soaring cover of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” on NY’s renowned Daptone Records, and have now given us this great 5 track EP for Mad Decent. The Daptone connection should give you an idea of the genuine sound we’re dealing with here -this is the real deal vintage vibes, polished into a beautiful roughness by longtime NY producer Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod. Like Diplo says, “close your eyes and get transported to Kingston Jamaica 1981.”
Pre-order to get an instant download of “Admiration” as well as a huge remix by Cadenza & Toddal T!
Netlabel Day, celebrated on every July 14th moving forward, is a progressive initiative driven by more than 80 digital labels from all over the world. These digital labels a.k.a netlabels release free, high-quality independent music to not only celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MP3 format, but also to show that independent labels are very much alive and represent the future of music.
Inspired by the idea that the Internet is now driving the musical revolution with streaming and it’s no longer just about Major Labels deciding what good music is, Netlabel Day becomes very special as it’s a space, created by independent artists and labels, for anyone who listens! Whether you like obscure, eclectic electronic music or vibrant, explosive EDM, these 80+ labels gathered thousands of tracks and are giving them away for free in whichever format you prefer: WAV, FLAC, MP3, etc. Most of the releases can be found at (Free Music Archive, Internet Player, Archive.org or Bandcamp).
We’ve sifted through all the great work to highlight some unique sounds:
This bomb from Fight Clvb has been a must-drop in Wiwek’s gigs:
A champeta-trap-cumbia track coming from Dominican Republic made by Mediopicky: